Re: Ol' Chatty Natty

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Posted by Chris on November 07, 1999 at 20:11:43:

In Reply to: Re: Ol' Chatty Natty posted by Kate on November 07, 1999 at 19:44:09:

: Howdy Chris,

: Priorities here - how's the shoulder? Hope you are resting up and holding a book is not too taxing? :0)
: Seriously, hope you are now on the mend - take it easy, girl!

Hi Kate,
The shoulder is coming along. If nothing else, it's a perfect excuse to sit and read all day. One of my favorite pasttimes!

: Back to the book - I was really glad to hear your opinion of the characters! I was having a hard time getting to grips with those two guys - one's racist comments driving me nuts and the other's 'goodness' seeming to be so limitless!

Yeah, the racism hit hard. I had to stop and remind myself that it was pretty common thinking in that day and age. Cooper's little habit of injecting himself into the narrative also drives me batty. Both things serve to pull me out of the story and back to the 20th century. I don't like that when I'm reading fiction. I usually judge an author by how completely he can keep me immersed in the time and place of the story.

: Like you and Marcia, the scenery has been the most appealing part of the book for me so far. I too, grew up by the 'glimmerglass' (not in the NY 'area' but Canadian countryside very similar to that described). Those descriptions took me right back in time, too, to childish games of 'Hawkeye' and 'Daniel Boone' played in woodland just like that described.

Where in Canada?
: 'Deerslayer' and I have that love of the wilderness in common and that is one of his traits that I can admire.

I can understand that. Look where we have chosen to live!

:I am comforted, though, by Gayle's comments that the characters DO become a little easier to 'like', with contradictions in their characters that allow us to see a 'more normal' side of them, rather than one being 'abnormally' good and one 'exceedingly' bad.

It's still early. Hopefully they'll both become more rounded characters.

: Sounds like I am not enjoying the book - well, 't'aint so! I truly am. In fact - I'm off to enjoy another chapter before 'bedding down' for the night.

Surprisingly enough, I am enjoying it too.


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